2017 World Championship Racing Begins Sunday

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SARASOTA-BRADENTON, Fla. – On Sunday, the United States is set to defend their home soil as athletes from 45 countries travel to the Sarasota-Bradenton area to compete at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. This is the first time in over 20 years that the event has been hosted by the United States.

The 2017 U.S. National Team roster consists of 78 athletes representing 24 states and two countries—the United States and France—making up the 25 U.S. crews competing at the world championships. The events to be contested include the men’s and women’s single sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s single sculls, men’s and women’s double sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls, men’s and women’s pair, lightweight men’s pair, men’s and women’s four, lightweight men’s four, men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, men’s and women’s eight, PR1 men’s and women’s single sculls, PR2 and PR3 mixed double sculls and the PR3 mixed four with coxswain.

Among these athletes are 18 first-time national team members, and 60 returners. Of those 60 seasoned national team athletes, 19 are Olympians or Paralympians. These 19 athletes include Felice Mueller, Ellen Tomek, Meghan O’Leary, Anders Weiss, Megan Kalmoe, Tracy Eisser, Kara Kohler, Tom Peszek, Alex Karwoski, Katelin Guregian, Grace Latz, Lauren Schmetterling, Emily Regan, Blake Haxton, Laura Goodkind, Jenny Sichel, Dani Hansen, Zachary Burns and Jaclyn Smith.

The 2017 World Rowing Championships will lay the groundwork for the new quadrennial, and as such, the racing will serve as a good foundation as the group prepares toward 2020.

Single sculler Michael Clougher, one of the 18 athletes making their national team debuts, is up against steep competition as he takes on the regatta’s most entered event. The men’s single sculls boasts 39 entries this year.

Olympians Ellen Tomek and Meghan O’Leary are back together after their sixth place finish at the Olympic Games in Rio last year. They are set to compete in the women’s double, determined to find additional speed racing in their home country.

Jenny Sichel, Dani Hansen, Zachary Burns and Jaclyn Smith are all returning to the PR3 Mixed four with coxswain (formerly LTAMix4+), with the addition of first time national team member Mike Varro. Now racing a 2,000 meter course, twice the distance they raced last summer, the crew hopes to build off of their silver medal finish at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

The complete USRowing 2017 World Rowing Championship Media Kit can be found here. Any media inquires should be sent to Press Officer, Dan Brauchli at dan@usrowing.org.

For entries, timetable, full reports, live audio streaming, live results, live blogging as well as video streaming of the finals, go to www.worldrowing.com.

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